# Motion of a Mass on a Spring

#### Summary

In this physics lab students investigate the rest mass on a spring and the simple harmonic motion that is formed by it. Calculating the frequency, amplitude, period, and displacement of the mass.

## Learning Goals

Students will use concepts discussed in class to reinforce the idea of frequency, period, amplitude, and displacement of the mass during simple harmonic motion.

## Context for Use

In this 50 minute lab, students will make measurements based on a simple harmonic set up. These measurements will be used to make calculations of frequency, amplitude, period, and displacement.

**Subject**: Physics:Oscillations & Waves:Oscillations

**Resource Type**: Activities:Lab Activity

**Grade Level**: High School (9-12)

## Description and Teaching Materials

The students will need a ring stand, spring, mass, and measuring device. Students will measure the displacement and the time for the movement of the mass, and do appropriate calculations.

Motion of a Mass on a Spring (Microsoft Word 25kB Aug3 09)

Motion of a Mass on a Spring (Microsoft Word 25kB Aug3 09)

## Teaching Notes and Tips

## Assessment

Based on calculations of the student work.

## Standards

9P.2.3.1.1